British workers are sacrificing productivity and job satisfaction by skipping lunch, as highlighted in a BUPA study showing that two thirds of British workers don’t always manage to take even 20 minutes for lunch. The study claims that this lack of lunch break increases stress, encourages long term bad health and lack of efficiency, costing the UK economy hundreds of millions a year in productivity.
To combat this and coax weary workers from their offices, Searcys The Gherkin will be offering a Work Wellness Lunch Menu throughout March and April, which aims to encourage Londoners to take a break from their desks, engage with peers and re-charge with a brain-boosting menu. The venue will offer nutritional and anti-oxidising dishes and a healthy does of natural sunlight and inspiring views across the city from one of London’s most loved icons.
Dining: Head Chef Barry Tonks, has created an A la Carte menu with special ingredients to enhance brain activity and overall health. Hero dishes include Tomato Consommé and Garden Vegetables for a starter; tomatoes contain lycopene, which is a significant anti-oxidant that helps to protect cells from damage, and has also been known to help prevent other more serious illnesses. Main dishes include Spring Chicken Pot au Feu, a hearty broth dish to boost digestion, immunity and energy levels, also containing fresh, green vegetables and sage, which is considered as helping to aid memory. The menu finishes with light, healthy desserts such as Charentais Melon and Yuzu Sorbet for an end of meal pick-me-up. Charentais Melon is known for its properties that lower blood pressure and promote good eyesight.
Drinking: Beverage manager Federico Geniale has created a super food long drink that is served on arrival. Guests who want something a little stronger can choose from cocktails which are based on homemade infused goji berries, William’s Elegant Gin and a splash of tonic water or without alcohol. Goji berries contain vitamins A, B2, C and iron which all help to boost the immune system and brain activity.